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Incomplete documents

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BUSINESSMAN Keni Dakuidreketi's counsel Brian Keene told the High Court in Suva the prosecution had failed to paint a complete picture with incomplete documents.

Mr Dakuidreketi is charged with five counts of abuse of office, which alleges he committed the offence by allowing the use of extinct mataqali funds and government grants for dealings between the business arm of the Native Land Trust Board, Vanua Development Corporation Limited and Ballu Khan's company Pacific Connex.

Yesterday, the defence gave its closing submissions which started at 9am and continued after lunch.

In his closing remarks, Mr Keene said FICAC failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Dakuidreketi was guilty because the prosecution had presented incomplete documents in court.

He said the incomplete documents meant incomplete truth and, therefore, a failure by the prosecution.

Mr Keene told the assessors the burden of proof was with the prosecution and it was not for Mr Dakuidreketi to prove his innocence.

He said the case was an old one, something which had happened 10 years ago and the witnesses who had given evidence did not have a clear picture and the incomplete documents given to them also did not help.

Mr Keene said the prosecution had failed to determine that Mr Dakuidreketi did what he was accused of because there was no proof that the accused had made personal gains.

Justice Janaka Bandara will sum up the case to the assessors on Friday.

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